Welcome. Please come in. Enter some futures. Feel free to pull up a chair and sit down with these fantastic stories from Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine. No two of these futures is the same. Yet, while the characters cope with presents that are removed from our own to varying degrees, the dilemmas they face are never removed from the joys and terrors of the human condition. Many of these stories are…
Allen M. Steele’s most recent story for us, “The Emperor of Mars,” picked up the 2010 Readers’ Award for Best Novelette. He tells us that his latest tale “was inspired by One Minute to Midnight by Michael Dobbs, a recent history of the Cuban Missile Crisis.” The author’s new novella, “Angel of Europa,” has just come out in hardcover from Subterranean Press.
Now I’m old, but when I was young I did something that has weighed upon my conscience ever since. In all the years that followed, I’ve never told anyone about this. Not my late wife or my children or grandchildren, or any of my friends, or even the priests to whom I’ve dutifully confessed all other sins. My actions may have saved the world, but they took the form of betrayal . . . and worse.
A few months ago, I was diagnosed with an inoperable and terminal form of cancer. My doctor has informed me that, in all likelihood. I’ll be dead by the end of the year. Even so, I probably would have taken my secret to the grave, secure in the knowledge that no one would ever learn what I did nearly fifty years ago. That’s fine with me. I’m not a hero. ...
truly extraordinary sampler of tales.... Every piece in this
superlative collection is a nugget of pure science fiction gold."
-Publishers Weekly, starred review
anniversary anthology presented in chronological order showcases 30
years of excellent stories published in the legendary magazine,
Asimov’s Science Fiction. Asimov’s Science Fiction was founded in 1977.
As one of science fiction’s most influential and prolific writers,
Isaac Asimov wanted to provide a home for new SF writers—a new magazine
for young writers could break into. Asimov’s Science Fiction remains
that home, as well as the publisher of some of the field’s best known